Bloomington-based university to take on Argosy students and faculty

June 14, 2019 10:12 PM

Phat Nguyen was ready to pick up and move across the country to finish his radiation therapy program that he started at Argosy University.

Nguyen was one of nearly 1,000 students who were affected by the closure of the now-defunct for-profit school. Argosy's parent company went into a receivership, a type of bankruptcy, earlier in the year and later closed the Eagan location.


"It was absolutely devastating," Nguyen said, realizing he couldn't transfer his credits to any other program in Minnesota. "At that point, I didn't know what to do."

Now, Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington has agreed to absorb five specialty programs, along with nearly 200 former Argosy students and faculty.

President and CEO Deb Bushway said Minnesota's Officer of Higher Education approached them in March and began the process of transferring accreditation.

"There's no redo, there's no start over," Bushway said. "It essentially brings over the program they were in from Argosy, fully accredited, to our institution."

In addition to adding the curriculum in those five healthcare-related fields, former Argosy faculty and staff have been hired to teach the classes.

"We're starting to get a happy ending for our students that when we closed, I didn't see that happening," said Jessica Hoernemann, program director for Medical Lab Science.

Northwestern officials said students will be able to enroll in classes soon. The courses will begin in Fall 2019.

"The community really needs these folks to complete these credentials, get into good paying jobs, continue to succeed," Bushway said.

Nguyen said he is relieved that this option came through for him and his classmates.

"It's just this huge burden lifted off my chest," he said. "I wouldn't have to move anywhere, I wouldn't have to say goodbye to my friends and family. It was really just the best feeling ever."

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